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Arminius (Irmin or Hermann) of the Germanic Cherusci tribe. An alliance of Germanic tribes under his command defeated the imperial Roman army at the battle of Teutoberg Forest in 9 C.E.

Roman Legionary in the army of Augustus, 32-31 BC. by Angus McBride.

illustration of Angus Mcbride showing roman army warriors during the invasion of Britain in the 1st century AD

Roman civil war by Angus McBride

Arminius (Armin) defeated a Roman army in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 C.E. Arminius is highly regarded for his military leadership skills and as a defender of the liberty of his people, the Germanic tribes.

The last battle of the Roman Empire was in 451AD between an alliance of Rome (which was failing) and the Visigoths in France (Gaul) against Attila the Hun and the Huns. The Romans won a strategic and decisive victory, and later the Huns were wiped out by the Teuton tribes after losing this battle. Although it was a major victory it did not stop Rome from collapsing and finally being sacked in 476. Rome staggered on for some time afterwards but it was never the same or powerful again.

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A bust of Brennus, who led the Gauls against the Romans in the Battle of Allia. The Battle of the Allia was a battle of the first Gallic invasion of Italy. The battle was fought near the Allia river: the defeat of the Roman army opened the route for the Gauls to sack Rome. It was fought in 390/387 BC.

Roman Legionary in Northern Britain, c. 161-180 AD (Roman Army - Brasseys History of Uniform)

Romans vs Sassanid Persians 3rd century AD/CE by Angus McBride

Artist's concept of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, described as 'Clades Variana' (the Varian disaster) by Roman historians, took place in 9 CE, when Germanic tribes led by Arminius of the Cherusci decisively destroyed three Roman legions, led by Publius Quinctilius Varus. Despite numerous successful campaigns by the Roman army in the years after the battle, they never again attempted to conquer Germania territory east of the Rhine River.